The sights and sounds of the English Civil War will be brought to life in a free Chesterfield Borough Council-run family event.
The English Civil War Society will bring its spectacular show to Holmebrook Valley Park in Watermeadow Lane, Chesterfield on Sunday 26 May and Bank Holiday Monday 27 May from 11am to 4pm.
Visitors will be able to see battle re-enactments between the Cavaliers and Roundheads featuring muskets, cannon and cavalry horses as the team recreate life during the 17th century war.
Families will also be able to visit Living History camps where they can talk to protagonists on both sides about the lives people living in that era would have experienced.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for environment, said: “It is a real coup to get the English Civil War Society to perform a live show in Chesterfield and will contribute to the council’s work to help promote the area as a leisure destination.
“Their show will provide a great free family day out while bringing to life a pivotal moment in our country’s history.”
Residents living near Holmebrook Valley Park are being warned that there will be loud noises from the cannon and guns during the battle re-enactments on both days.
The English Civil War Society expects to involve more than 500 people in the re-enactment.
Jonathan Taylor, of the English Civil War Society, said: “We are really keen to bring history alive for the residents of Chesterfield.
“This is a town surrounded by history and the way we portray the Civil War era allows everyone who comes to our presentations to appreciate how dramatic events affected the lives of ordinary people.”
Hourly buses will be provided on two routes to Holmebrook Valley Park on both days of the Civil War festival event. There will be a small charge.
One bus will start in Staveley and go through Tapton to the park, while the other will leave from Barrow Hill, stopping in Whittington Moor. Both services will start at 10.30am and have return journeys starting at 4.30pm.
The event will also include a children’s fair, stalls and a beer tent for adults.